ERIC Number: ED265927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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A Scale of Student Teaching Concerns for Use with Early Childhood Education Teacher Trainees.
Arroyo, Aline A.; Sugawara, Alan I.
The primary purpose of this study was to devise a valid and reliable scale to assess the teaching concerns of early childhood students at various levels in their teacher training experiences. A total of 167 concerns, generated by 104 teacher trainees, their trainers, and an extensive review of the literature, were classified according to Katz's (1972) paradigm of teacher development. These concerns were randomly organized in a Scale of Student Teaching Concerns (SSTC) and administered to 107 teacher trainees prior to their involvement in training practicums at seven similar early childhood programs in Montana, Utah, and Oregon. The trainees rated each concern using a 5-point Likert-type scale on the dimension of perceived importance. In addition, the teacher competency of trainees was assessed using the Preschool Teacher Competency Rating Scale approximately 3 to 4 weeks into their training practicums. Findings indicated the existence of four factors, including survival, consolidation, renewal, and maturity, as suggested by Katz (1972). In addition, the final version of the SSTC successfully discriminated between beginning and advanced level teacher trainees, providing some construct validity for the scale. Reliability estimates, including two internal consistency estimates, revealed concerns associated with each of the four factors in the final SSTC to be relatively homogeneous. An exploratory study regarding the relationships between teaching concerns and teacher competency revealed no significant relationships between these variables. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
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